The Belgian project Slumberland annouces the release of ‘Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter / See, See, See Drifter‘. The new album will be officially released on Consouling Sounds on the first of February 2019. Today they share the first excerpt titled “Rashomon“. Watch the official video directed by Jochem Baelus.

More about the project:

Slumberland embraces the experiment. The band led by sound artist Jochem Baelus deploys an arsenal of home-made mechanical instruments and two drummers to unleash a hypnotic krautrock/post punk sound with echoes of distorted exotica, long-lost soundtracks and boozy rock & roll greats.

For their latest album ‘Sea, sea, sea, drifter / See, see, see, drifter’, Slumberland has crossed the Atlantic, making landfall in Montreal to work with engineer/producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, amongst many others known from ‘Jerusalem in my heart‘. As the unofficial sound guru for the Canadian label ‘Constellation‘, he is right at home with the cinematic portraits and tribal realms of Slumberland.

With his help, the album was recorded in a former refrigeration unit amidst the colourful Dutch tulip fields of Voorhout. Though there’s little evidence of this cheerful decor.

This second album was mixed at studio Hotel2tango, Montreal (known for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, among others…) and sounds murkier, rawer and more explosive than its processor. The songs unfold in a constant friction between tactile textures and spare melodies, with the inky voice of Baelus increasingly at the forefront in the role of master of ceremonies.

Since 2013, Jochem Baelus has been besieging the music scene with his re-engineered sewing machines and film projectors.  After numerous solo shows, in 2018, he decided to expand his band to a trio. The two drummers Alfredo Bravo (Flying Horseman) and Frederik Meulyzer (Stray Dogs) supply an organic, visceral counterweight to all that mechanical noise.

In this configuration, the band has made a name for itself as an intense live experience, entrancing audiences in a collective, repetitive, timeless ritual.

In this configuration, the band has made a name for itself as an intense live experience, entrancing audiences in a collective, repetitive, timeless ritual.

Tour Dates:  BE – SLO – NL

Date Location  
24-01-2019 STUK Leuven  
31-01-2019 MENT Ljubljana, SLO  
02-02-2019 Beursschouwburg (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) Brussel  
06-02-2019 Het Bos (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) Antwerpen  
07-02-2019 Vooruit (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) Gent  
23-02-2019 Peel Slowly & See Festival Leiden, NL  
24-02-2019 De Living Heist op den Berg  
09-03-2019 Ter Dilft Bornem  
04-04-2019 De Casino Sint-Niklaas